Riddim Eruption Vol. 1 ~ Sleng Teng Progress 2K5
Big Tune Entertainment-ERC
April 30, 2005

Track list
  1. Sizzla - Progress
  2. Bounty Killer - Lost Oonu
  3. Beenie Man - Lyrics War
  4. Anthony B - Earth People
  5. Tony Curtis & Chrisinti - Giddeon
  6. Silver Cat - More Weed
  7. Macka Diamond - Front
  8. Captain Barkey - Weed Officer
  9. Intermission - Sleng Teng Progress Riddim
  10. Kirk Davis & Escobar - Real Gangster
  11. Powerman & Apache - One World Of Enemy
  12. Anthony Cruz - Know We
  13. Doolas - Friend Enemy
  14. Jigsy King - Bush Weed
  15. Zumjay - Weed Anthem
  16. Singer J - One Pound
  17. Christopher - Jealousy
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Jamaican music has gone through different phases, which can't usually be traced back to any one ground-breaking tune. Probably one of the best examples is the start of the Reggae era. Many tunes have been credited, but it remains debatable which was the first to signal the shift from Rocksteady to Reggae. So far the one unchallenged exception is the tune that kick-started the digital phase of reggae. The first fully-computerised riddim was undoubtedly Wayne Smith's "Under Me Sleng Teng". There are a couple of conflicting stories about how the riddim was first found on a Casio Music Box. It might have been Wayne Smith and another young struggling singer, Noel Bailey, who discovered the riddim -- a close relative to Eddie Cochran's rock 'n' roll hit "Something Else". It could also have been the session musician Tony Asher who found it with Smith. Anyway, the riddim was slowed down and re-recorded by Tony Asher at Jammy's studio, and completely turned Jamaican music around. After being released by producer Lloyd "King Jammy" James in 1985, the "Sleng Teng" riddim spawned countless imitations, and re-emerged 1998 when refurnished versions appeared on Bulby & Fatta's "Fat Eyes" imprint, and more recently on Digital B and, after twenty years, once again on the Jammy's label.
This CD revisits the origin with an updated version of the riddim dubbed "Sleng Teng Progress 2K5" and features some of Reggae's biggest superstars voicing over a riddim that is often referred to as one of the best dancehall beats ever and thus rightly can be found in the top 10 of most versioned riddims. Produced by Noel Davy and Powerman this solid 17 track set offers a notable amount of weed tunes including Silver Cat's "More Weed" and Captain Barkey's "Weed Officer", both delivered in old skool lyrical style and worth of hearing. Further tunes that touch this theme are "Weed Anthem" by Zumjay and "One Pound" by Singer J, two rather mediocre efforts, and Jigsy King's ode to marijuana, "Bush Weed". Stand out tracks are "Lost Oonu" by Bounty Killer, Beenie Man's "Lyrics War", Anthony B's "Earth People", Macka Diamond's "Front" and "Know We" by Anthony Cruz.
This collection of tracks is a fitting beginning to the brand new "Riddim Eruption" series.